Reposting from Cosmetic Enhancements Forum (poster wits'end):
This is long overdue, but I started large-scale LHR back in 2008 and didn't end up posting my final results. I was back very recently for some facial treatment but aside from that I hadn't been back in over 2 years. I am a very slim, healthy 26 year old with regular periods. I have been tested for hormone problems and did not have abnormal levels, though that doesn't mean I don't have a sensitivity to androgens. My ovaries look polycystic but my doctor says I do not have the syndrome.1. Area(s) treated:
full leg, bikini, abdomen, underarms, nipples, neck/chin/jawline2. How long it's been since last treatment:
over 2 years for the mostpart. As mentioned, I was back this week as I'm getting growth on my neck and jawline but it's new pattern and possibly hormonal.3. Your skin and hair type on that area(s)
very fair skin, coarse dark hair4. Device used and settings (if known)
Alexandrite (I think). Not sure of settings.5. Estimated % of reduction in the area(s)
95%6. Name and location of clinic (great recommendation!)
Laserase Scotland (Aberdeen Clinic at Albyn Medical Practise). I see Dr Robertson. They travel between their Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh clinics7. Finishing with electrolysis?
No, don't see the need in those areas that I've finished laser on.
My clinic comes highly recommended. It was expensive and took longer than initially expected but it has entirely turned my life around. I pretty much no longer shave my legs, bikini and underarms. I do it maybe once a week and it's basically just quickly running the razor over and stray hairs. I used to be plagues with thick, dark, widespread hair that was near impossible to deal with. I can honestly say it has transformed so many aspects of my life and I could not be more delighted.
As mentioned above, I have started to get more facial hair as I'm getting older. It's mainly along my jawline and all down the front of my neck. The NHS has been near useless on this front, and I'm opting to go back for laser on this area (and my upper lip while I'm at it, but the hair is pretty fine here). It's much simpler as the appointment today only took around 10 minutes.
Dr Robertson is a lovely, chatty woman who very much put me at ease. Initally, I was going for 1.5 hour sessions due to the number of areas being treated, and there was never a dull moment for the entire duration. My underarms were quick to cease growing hair, as was my bikini. Legs took longer, and face is ongoing.
I didn't photograph every region, but this gives you some idea. The before pictures were taken pre-treatment, c. 2007. The after ones I took today, 2 years after having had my last treatment on these areas. The 'after' pictures are fairly indicative of what I look like having done little to no shaving. Warning: there is an 'ick' factor to the before images. Honestly, I haven't looked at them in years and it made me feel sick - I don't recognise myself!http://i39.tinypic.com/2zp2hbk.jpg